Hammer Toe Treatment

What is Hammer Toe Treatment?

Hammer toe treatment involves addressing the deformity of the toe where it bends downward at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This condition can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking. Treatment aims to alleviate symptoms, correct the deformity, and improve the function and appearance of the toe.

What are Common Hammer Toe Symptoms?

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected toe
  • Visible bending or curling of the toe
  • Corns or calluses on the top of the toe joint
  • Redness or swelling around the toe joint
  • Difficulty moving the affected toe
  • Pain when wearing shoes
  • Stiffness in the toe joint


Hammer toe treatment is essential to relieve pain and discomfort, prevent the condition from worsening, and improve overall foot function. Untreated hammer toe can lead to more significant issues, including corns, calluses, and difficulty walking.

Wearing properly fitting shoes with a wide toe box, avoiding high heels, and performing regular toe exercises can help prevent hammer toe. Additionally, addressing any underlying conditions such as arthritis or diabetes is crucial.

During the appointment, the podiatrist will examine your toe and foot, assess the severity of the deformity, and discuss your symptoms. They will recommend appropriate treatments based on the severity of your condition, ranging from conservative measures to surgical options.

You should see a podiatrist for hammer toe treatment if you experience persistent pain, difficulty walking, or if the toe deformity is worsening. Early intervention can prevent further complications and improve your quality of life. If conservative treatments do not alleviate symptoms, consult with a podiatrist to discuss potential surgical options.